The trade cost was center Derek Roy, but with a host of high-skill players, the line of thought was the Sabres could part with some of them to add some extra grit. While the result hasn't been positive, it's not because of Ott, whose presence has allowed the Sabres' more skilled players to skate a bit more freely.
But with the Sabres sitting near the bottom of the Eastern Conference, will another team value Ott's gritty style enough to interest Regier in another trade?
NHL.com examines the pros and cons to the Sabres making Ott available to move prior to the April 3, 2013, NHL Trade Deadline:
Statistics: 31 games, 5 goals, 12 assists, 17 points
Salary status: Ott is signed through the 2013-14 season, with a $2.95 million salary-cap hit.
Keep him: The Sabres decided last summer to trade a bit of skill for a healthy dose of sandpaper, sending Roy to the Stars for Ott. The gritty forward has done a solid job despite a rough season. Ott skated on a line with rookie Mikhail Grigorenko prior to the 2012 first-round pick being returned to his junior team, and the match worked for both the youngster and the veteran. If the Sabres are going to start bringing up some younger players, they'll need someone to stand up for them at times, and Ott has made a career of defending his teammates.
Move him: Ott provides the type of skill set that usually shines at Stanley Cup Playoff time. He's strong on faceoffs, tough in all three zones, and a beast to play against. With Ott signed through the end of next season, the return package could be that much greater.
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